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Nodding Disease, which mainly affects children, is a fatal disease that has broken out in Uganda, Sudan and Tanzania. Will it become a global pandemic?

Nodding Disease, which mainly affects children, is a fatal disease that has broken out in Uganda, Sudan and Tanzania. Will it become a global pandemic?

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  • 1. Worse than AIDS Nodding Disease in Uganda, Sudan and TanzaniaA guide to the most important videos on Nodding Disease.Are we at the beginning of a global pandemic?
  • 2. Mysterious Disease Devastating FamiliesAnoutbreak of nodding disease is devastating families in northern Uganda.CNN’s David McKenzie reports. http://cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2012/03/19/mckenzie-uganda-nodding-disease.cnn
  • 3. Uganda Nodding DiseaseA Ugandan opposition politician is accusing the government of not declaring partsof Northern Uganda affected by the Nodding Disease as disaster areas.VOAs Paul Ndiho reports. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrV395S-2I&feature=player_embedded
  • 4. Nodding disease: Cure unknownThe Ministry of Health and Members of Parliament from Northern Uganda are inthe Northern region on a fact finding mission investigating the possible causes ofthe mysterious Nodding disease that has killed dozens over the past few months.The Health officials and the Acholi members of parliament today visited severalareas in Kitgum which are most affected. Resolutions have been made but nomention of a cure as the cause of the disease still remains unclear. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wOuDEYd1aZs
  • 5. East African children dying from mysterious diseaseA mysterious disease is killing thousands of children in Uganda, Sudan andTanzania. Malcolm Webb reports from northern Uganda. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpf_KneUNAY&feature=related
  • 6. South Sudans incurable child diseaseHundreds of children in southern Sudan have died from a mysterious illness thatthey have called the "nodding disease".The mentally and physically disabling disease, which has no cure yet and affectsonly children, first emerged in Sudan in 1980s.Many in the region accuse the countrys government of neglecting the problem.Hundreds of children in southern Sudan have died from a mysterious illness thatthey have called the "nodding disease".The mentally and physically disabling disease, which has no cure yet and affectsonly children, first emerged in Sudan in 1980s.Many in the region accuse the government of neglecting the problem, whichmainly affects those living in remote areas.HaruMutasa reports from Western Equatoria State in southern Sudan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbjQu_g17OE&feature=relmfu
  • 7. Nodding disease baffles experts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S7QLocaS0M
  • 8. No cure yet for mystery Ugandan nodding diseasePatrick is one of more than 3,000 children in northern Uganda who are sufferingfrom a mystery ailment known as "nodding disease". For several years, scientistshave tried- and failed- to determine the cause of the disease that has claimed atleast 200 young lives in the area. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oX3JFVECro
  • 9. Disabling Nodding disease high in Northern districtsNodding disease or nodding syndrome is a relatively unknown illness which iscausing particular concern in Northern districts. The latest cases have made itimpossible for pupils to attend classes in Pader. It is a fatal, mentally andphysically disabling disease that affects young children 5 and 15. The leaders inthe area say they feel neglected by the lack of government action in helping themwith this epidemic whose cure is unknown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-DbeA1ISns&feature=relmfu
  • 10. CDC Responds to Nodding Disease in UgandaA team of CDC experts joined the Ministry of Health and of government,nonprofit, and health officials in Uganda to conduct a multifaceted investigation inKitgum District, northern Uganda. Listen as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer,Dr. Jennifer Foltz, tells the story about Nodding Disease, a neurologic syndromewhich is devastating to afflicted children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LwOUzE03xm0#!
  • 11. Is it possible that "nodding disease" is coming from carrierpigs infected with a new chronic or subacute strain of AfricanSwine Fever Virus? African Swine Fever has been a seriousproblem in Uganda. Scientists often quickly dismiss the notionof a human epidemic of African Swine Fever Virus becausethey think African Swine Fever Virus does not infect people.But that may not be the case. Sick or ASFV-infected pigs inplaces like Gulu, Anaka, Arua, Kitgum, Masindi, and Padermay be the source of a "nodding disease" zoonotic virus. Evenif the pigs are not overtly sick, they could be carriers of astrain of this very insidious virus. African Swine Fever Virusinfects many parts of the pigs body, including the brain. Itcauses serious neurological damage. It is also interesting thatin some epidemics of African Swine Fever, it is mainly theyoung piglets that are affected which would be a strongparallel to "nodding disease." The ASFV-infected piglets sufferfrom ataxia, wasting, stunted growth, blindness, increasedsalivation, and opportunistic infections, just like the childrenwith Nodding Disease.
  • 12. Nodding Disease and African Swine Fever Virus in Uganda Cause or Coincidence?For more information about Nodding Disease and African Swine Fever:http://www.slideshare.net/RubiconMedia/nodding-disease-and-african-swine-fever-second-edition